I am currently working through a Biblestudy by Beth Moore called "Loving Well." It is a short 4-week study that I am so blessed to be a part of. I highly recommend it! Everyone could use a little dose of Beth in their life... okay I will save that for another post... Today in the study we were asked, "In what ways have you seen the love of God poured out on you through other people? What did it look like?"
My mind went immediately to our struggle with infertility. I could not have made it through that time without the countless friends that were willing to pour out God's love on me. The sweetest way love was shown to me through that time was in tears. That sounds funny to say, but it is true. The friends that were close enough to experience my pain and share in my tears were the friends that truly showed me the compassion and the love of Christ. It helped me realize that I was not alone in the heartache! I recently read an article by Molly Piper (yes, she is related to the Christian author John Piper). In this blog article, she articulated the gift of true compassion so well. Here is the link for one of the best blog posts, articles or messages that I have ever read with how to support a friend in the midst of pain and struggle.
I do hope this can encourage you to reach out, love on and join a friend even in the hard times in life.